Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

mischance

[mis-chans, -chahns] /mɪsˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns/
noun
1.
a mishap or misfortune.
Origin of mischance
1250-1300
1250-1300; mis-1 + chance; replacing Middle English mescheance < Old French
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mischance
Historical Examples
  • We can convey the intelligence of your mischance to her: the porter will befriend you.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • By some mischance, it had been left lying on the parlour floor, and become forgotten.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Arriving in Damascus they both stay at the same Hotel: mischance second.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • But, first of all, we must beware lest we meet with some mischance.

  • Now we have wept over our mischance, we will bury it and look to the future.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The mischance was his own doing; let him find the remedy himself.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Had she heard, by any mischance, that impertinent phrase by which I designated her?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It was a mischance, sir, but so far as I can see one that might have happened to anybody.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The Lion said to the Fox, "It is not thou who revilest me; but this mischance which has befallen me."

  • It was given to me, but by some mischance was lost or stolen.

British Dictionary definitions for mischance

mischance

/mɪsˈtʃɑːns/
noun
1.
bad luck
2.
a stroke of bad luck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mischance
n.

c.1300, from Old French mescheance "misfortune, mishap, accident; wickedness, malice," from Vulgar Latin *minuscadentiam; see mis- (2) + chance (n.). Now usually "bad luck;" formerly much stronger: "calamity, disaster."

v.

1540s, from mis- (1) + chance (v.). Related: Mischanced; mischancing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for mischance

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for mischance

18
21
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for mischance